Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav
Thackeray on Monday said that textile mill workers who lost jobs
after the long strikes in the 1980s should get houses at the
"Shiv Sena and mill workers share a bond for long. When
they were passing through a crisis, Shiv Sena took the
initiative and led the movement (for their cause)," Uddhav
said here, after meeting a delegation of mill workers`
The demand (of housing for workers of closed mills) was
raised many times in the Legislative Assembly, but still they
did not get justice, he said.
Government gave houses to Bangladeshi nationals and
others who enter the city illegally, but not the mill workers,
"It is unfortunate that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati comes to Mumbai and demands permanent houses for the
people of her state (working in Mumbai)," he said.
Targetting Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, he said,
"His role in the Adarsh housing society scam has been exposed,
he gave green signal to the construction of the building, that
too stating it as `urgent`."
The Sena executive president said that the party has
called a meeting of its MPs and MLAs before the Assembly`s
monsoon session, due to start on July 25. Representatives of
the mill workers too have been invited to this meeting.
"We will raise the demands of the mill workers in the
Assembly and also in the Lok Sabha," Uddhav said.